Hamas calls for 24 hr holiday cease-fire after launching multiple salvos of rockets

posted at 9:31 am on July 27, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

The Eid al-Fitr holiday is about to begin, and while it’s not clear whether or not this really has anything to do with it, Hamas is calling for a one day time out in the hostilities.

Hamas announced Sunday that it has agreed to a 24-hour holiday truce in Gaza, hours after Israel resumed its ground offensive and airstrikes against the militant group for firing a salvo of rockets at the southern part of the country.

The truce began at 7 a.m. ET. Hamas hit back at Israel earlier in the day during a previous 24-hour cease-fire window…

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, did not say if Israel would hold its fire during the time requested by Hamas, but said troops would continue demolishing Hamas military tunnels.

“Due to Hamas’ incessant rocket fire during the humanitarian window, we are renewing our aerial, naval, and ground activity in Gaza,” an Israel Defense Forces spokesman tweeted earlier Sunday before the new truce was announced. The next tweet read, “The IDF has repeatedly urged the civilian population of Gaza not to approach combat zones.”

It doesn’t look like this has anything to do with John Kerry’s efforts (shocking, I know) but it’s also not clear if this is even an attempt of any sort by Hamas to get to a longer standing state of peace. Further, it’s difficult to see what durable incentive either side has for stopping right now. In the short term, there is the obvious, pressing imperative to stop fighting if only to put an end to people dying, but what about the long term goals?

Israel would seem to have little incentive to back off while there are still tunnels to be destroyed and weapons to be found. And even that goal only leads to a longer pause – be it weeks, months or a couple of years – before the same cycle begins again. And that course looks even more dubious if North Korea is actually in the midst of a deal to provide weapons to Hamas.

Hamas, for their part, seems to feel they are actually winning in the longer view, with no possibility of a measurable gain to be had from calling this off. There is no concession coming from Israel to act as a bargaining chip. One of their chief goals – that of getting Israel to end the blockade – is clearly not going to be put on the table. In the meantime, they have the hope of continuing to wage a media war to try to turn the world’s opinion against Israel and possibly – while highly unlikely – try to draw a more powerful ally such as Turkey into the fray on their side.

This episode should lead to an eventual, inevitable cease-fire, just as it always has in the past. But that solves nothing in the long run, and for the short term, it’s hard to imagine what incentive either side has to shut this down today.


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Cue CNN bias…why won’t Israel accept this??

I was screaming at the TV yesterday. ..the coverage on this is infuriating

The bias is shameful

cmsinaz on July 27, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Then why do you watch CNN?

Perhaps because they supposedly have the most up-to-the-minute coverage…?

Do you really need to know every little factoid as it happens, even though you don’t really “know” the factoids because you can’t trust what they’re saying?

itsnotaboutme on July 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM

There ain’t no Holiday in war !

lel2007 on July 27, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Israel needs to hit them until their tears turn to sand.
We will never defeat a terror group that is allowed to patch up and resupply itself.

kregg on July 27, 2014 at 8:51 PM

“End Jewish occupation of Muslim land!

Map for reference.

JetBoy on July 27, 2014 at 2:35 PM”

= = = = = = = = = = =

Nah, much mo’bettah to end Muslim occupation of Jewish land!

(So . . . drive the attackers into the ocean and take back Gaza)

A_Nonny_Mouse on July 27, 2014 at 8:59 PM

“What holiday? It ain’t Christmas. FIRE!”

mojo on July 28, 2014 at 12:08 AM

“What holiday? It ain’t Christmas. FIRE!”
mojo on July 28, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Didn’t stop General Washington.

kregg on July 28, 2014 at 5:17 AM

Drop the hammer on the mohammedans.
No mercy.
No excuses.
No straying from the defense of Israel.

This has gone on for FAR too long, and this little doggy finally needs to be put to heel…or to sleep.

DrScottMD on July 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM

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